Last season, the 33-year-old James averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists in 82 games. He left Cleveland for the Miami Heat in 2010 to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh ― the duo won two National Basketball Association championships during their four seasons together before James elected to return to Cleveland.
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James will follow in the footsteps of many Lakers legends, including Magic Johnson, Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal to name a few.
The deal is for four years and $154 million with a player option in the fourth year.
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James' discussion with the Cavaliers was first reported by ESPN.
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Last season, he averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game and finished second in MVP voting. He's owed $24.1 million next year and has a $25.6 million option for the following year.
He previously played in Los Angeles with the Clippers in 2015-16.
Although Los Angeles and the San Antonio Spurs have had trade discussions, general manager R.C. Buford and company are taking their time.
One name to keep an eye on to join LeBron James with the Lakers, a source noted: Former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh, who is seeking a return to the league after leaving the game as he was dealing with blood clots.
And when Sixers officials came away from a Sunday meeting with James's representatives feeling they had little chance to land the prized future hall of famer, it became a lock that the Lakers would be his new home.
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The Sixers reportedly met with James' team Sunday, which was reportedly a courtesy meeting. And James is playing his latest departure from Cleveland in a much more subdued manner. According to Basketball Society's Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson, James would use the attention of his decision to drop the Space Jam 2 trailer on the newly-launched Instagram TV through his new Uninterrupted platform.